John Halligan will be returning to share his incredible insight into Bullying, Cyberbullying and Teen Suicide. Halligan, whose son Ryan committed suicide at age 13 after years of being tormented by peers, says he wants to let people know the things that he and his family wish they had known before Ryan’s death.
In addition to in-school presentations, John Halligan will have one evening presentation for parents that is open to the public and free of charge. It will be
Monday, November 11 – 7:00 – 8:30 pm
St. Margaret Mary Catholic School Parish Hall
526 N. Park Avenue, Winter Park FL
He is scheduled for a parent presentation:
Tuesday, November 12 at 1:30pm
Holy Family, 5125 S Apopka Vineland Rd.
Orlando, FL 32819
You can download a poster for these events here
We all know about victims, perpetrators, rescuers and bystanders. But what is an UPSTANDER?
Upstander is a word that has just recently been used to identify people who are willing to stand up and take action in defense of others. It can refer to individuals who take large risks during wars and political turmoil, and it also identifies people who take small but helpful steps to shield others from bullying and other injustices.
The Holocaust Center is asking local students (and adults, too!) to take the pledge:
• I will STAND UP to bullying
• I won’t be a bully
• I won’t let anyone bully me
• I won’t let anyone bully someone else
• I have a responsibility to STOP BULLYING in my school and in my community
The UpStander:Stand Up To Bullying initiative began in 2009 with meetings with Orange County Public Schools. We all recognized that bullying in its many forms was an increasing problem for area youth, and that the most effective strategy — using “peer pressure” from bystanders — was not part of current interventions.
UpStanders: Stand Up To Bullying uses the history and lessons of the Holocaust, in particular the stories of Rescuers or Righteous Gentiles, to inspire students to become UpStanders rather than bystanders. The goal is to make the community one in which diversity is celebrated and everyone feels respected and safe. Rescuer behavior during the Holocaust to teach students the importance of guarding the rights and safety of others. It is a five part initiative that is presented to middle school students over a two school year period.
In the UpStanders program, students learn how and when to what to do safely intervene when they witness bullying. It is based on solid research that tells us that the single most effective intervention to interrupt bullying behavior is for bystanders to step in and step up for other students.
The program launched in the 2010 school year with 10 Orange County Middle Schools. It quickly expanded to Osceola and Seminole Counties, with other UpStander projects in Brevard and Marion Counties. It has hosted regional summit meetings involving schools, law enforcement, child- and family-centered nonprofits, and libraries.
The number of participating schools and the number of local partnerships continues to grow. A recent video describes one of these successful collaborations.
December 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM
FORUM Using art, music and drama as part of Holocaust education
December 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Religion 201: How Did We All Get Here, Anyway? with Judaism, Hinduism, & Atheism
April 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Mark Your Calendar Plan to join us as we honor Harris Rosen at our annual Dinner
Monday - Thursday 9 AM - 4 PM
Friday 9 AM - 1 PM
Sunday 1 PM - 4 PM
No admission is charged for visiting the Center or for attending commemorative programs and films. Scheduled school group may limit access to some parts of the museum.
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